A Minnesota photographer focuses his lens on helping displaced pets find permanent homes.
As a volunteer for Secondhand Hounds, Thomas Strand usually helped the Minneapolis rescue organization with animal transit and home inspections— until he offered to pet-sit a fostered bloodhound for five days. “Buford was this big character, so I started doing photos of him. That’s how he found his forever home,” Thomas says. Now, if a dog or cat isn’t attracting adoption applications, Thomas donates a photo shoot. He compares it to helping pets craft a better Tinder profile: “I take them for the afternoon or a few days. We’re hanging together, and their personality starts to come through. People can see that in the photos.” And as any veteran of online dating knows, a standout profile pic is the first step to finding the perfect match. secondhandhounds.org